Can this suit give you distance?

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According to Nike, their new waterproof golf suit will help you hit it further. So we put their claims to the test

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The HyperAdapt Story

Combining flexibility and waterproof protection, the HyperAdapt is the only golf performance rain jacket of its kind. With sweater-like stretch and an impenetrable outer layer, this jacket combines the benefits of both without sacrificing performance.

With no-sew technology throughout the inner layer, designers minimised chaffing and added a new stretch component to the garment.

A four-way stretch system added to the shoulders and arms maximises range of motion and eliminates restrictions during the swing. This woven, stretch knit laminate combination provides a quiet garment during the swing and a sweater-like feel for comfort and protection at every angle.

Along with a comfortable fit and increased breathability, the HyperAdapt jacket is seam sealed for 100 per cent waterproof protection. Adjustable cuffs and hems offer a custom fit for increased protection and even less distraction giving athletes an advantage with every detail.

Nike athletes give their verdict on the HyperAdapt jacket…

“Hyperadapt gave me the edge in my Irish Open win. The freedom of motion & protection it offers takes away any distractions.”
– Paul Casey

“In the past waterproofs restricted my swing. HyperAdapt is the best jacket I have ever worn and the first one I have used in tournament play. I love it.
– Tommy Fleetwood

“I always felt too restricted wearing a jacket in tournament play and that it affected my performance. Now there is HyperAdapt.
– Francesco Molinari

How we assessed the HyperAdapt Jacket

We asked two very low handicappers and one high handicapper to hit a series of drives with the data monitored by a Trackman launch monitor.

First they warmed up thoroughly. Then they hit shots wearing their existing waterproof suits and we calculated the average swing speed.

After a quick change into Nike’s new HyperAdapt suit, they hit some more drives and we calculated the average swing speed. What we were interested in was whether there was any difference.
Along with a comfortable fit and increased breathability, the HyperAdapt jacket is seam sealed for 100 per cent waterproof protection. Adjustable cuffs and hems offer a custom fit for increased protection and even less distraction giving athletes an advantage with every detail.

The testers and their feedback

Nigel Colbeck

Handicap +1
Club Cleckheaton
Swing speeds in old suit 107.8, 108.7, 108.1mph
Average 108.2mph
Swing speeds in HyperAdapt 109.3, 110.4, 110.7mph
Average 110.13mph
Difference HyperAdapt was 1.9mph faster

NIGEL’S OVERALL VERDICT

It’s definitely lighter. In fact it’s very light. It’s miles better than a more traditional jacket – and certainly not as heavy.
It was also very comfortable. There wasn’t very much loose material flapping about and getting in the way. This is definitely a really nice suit. I could tell it was easier to swing in from looking at it and then from slipping it on – but I didn’t think it would make that much difference. I was also much warmer in my old suit and not in a good way – no doubt about it!

Will Shucksmith

Handicap +3
Club Alwoodley
Swing speeds in old suit 113.3, 113.1, 112.2
Average 112.9mph
Swing speeds in HyperAdapt 113.8, 114.0, 112.9
Average 113.6mph
Difference HyperAdapt was 0.7 mph faster

WILL’S OVERALL VERDICT

It feels waterproof, as if I am coated in rubber; what it is like, I imagine, to wear a wet suit. It feels a quality product, in terms of the material and its construction. The adjustable cuffs are a big plus; they can be nice and tight around my wrists. The cut of the jacket is good, even if it is a little long in the body for me; I like to see my jacket just sit over my belt line. I might go down a size but that’s just the way I like to wear a suit. The zip appears very waterproof. Overall, I like the suit.

James Tompkinson

Handicap 28
Club Moor Allerton
Swing speeds in old suit 98.1, 97.5, 98.4mph
Average 98mph
Swing speeds in HyperAdapt 98.0, 98.1, 97.8mph
Average 98.0mph
Difference Swing speed virtually the same

JAMES’ OVERALL VERDICT

I thought it was really nice – I felt really smart in this. It fits
properly and it’s great through the swing. It didn’t feel like it was hindering me. It’s more like wearing a light, long-sleeve top rather than a waterproof suit. You can categorically file it under ‘really comfortable’. I’d definitely wear one of these – and it looks smart enough to wear off the course too. No-one would look at you strangely if you wore it to the pub or a football match – that’s how stylish it is.

The conclusion

On the basis of the evidence we collected, the HyperAdapt really does work.
One of our testers gained almost 2mph, another gained close to 1mph and the third experienced no significant change.
Nike reckon that 1mph of swing speed with the driver can equate to three yards of total distance – so it’s well worth trying out a HyperAdapt suit.
Just as importantly, all three of our testers loved the feel and fit of the suit, which is undoubtedly a very smart-looking garment.

The HyperAdapt suit is in the shops now

Half-Zip Jacket

Colourways: Black;Cool Grey/Black/Volt
SRP: £199.99

Full Zip Jacket

Colourways: Black; Cool Grey/Black/Volt; Game Royal
SRP: £210

Pants

Colourway: Black
SRP: £169.99

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